Former Nigerian Coach Samson Siasia Banned by FIFA for life

Former Super Eagles of Nigeria coach, Samson Siasia has been banned for life by FIFA after he was found guilty of bribery and manipulation of matches.

He has been banned from all football-related activities over attempts to rig matches at international level.

The sanction originated from an ongoing ‘large-scale investigation’ Fifa is conducting into the behaviour of Wilson Raj Perumal, a convicted match-fixer from Singapore.

A statement was released by FIFA on the issue and it reads;

“The formal ethics proceedings against Mr. Siasia were initiated on 11 February 2019 and stem from an extensive investigation into matches that Mr. Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes.

“This large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA via its competent departments and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities.

“In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr. Siasia had breached art. 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and banned him for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.

“In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 50,000 has been imposed on Mr. Siasia. The decision was notified to Mr. Siasia today, the date on which the ban comes into force.”

Richard Haruna

Richard Haruna

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